Friday, March 3

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 7! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available now, and here is a link to the class calendar; maybe you will want to start in on the Week 8 assignments today too (Week 8 is a Review Week).

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always on Friday it is my goal to get through the stack of assignments turned in before noon on Thursday; I may be finishing up late on Friday, but I do hope to finish! You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Week 8 Assignments. Because Week 8 is a Review Week, there is no new reading in Week 8. Instead, there are just some review activities, and I hope you will have fun with this change of pace for the middle of the semester!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Time. There's nothing due in this class today, but I thought this image might be good if you are feeling frazzled in your other classes: Whatever... I'm late anyway.

Happiness. The Internet has room for everyone: Make your weird light shine bright so the other weirdos know where to find you.

Words from India. This is one of my favorite Sanskrit words in English: MANTRA.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Ghost Tales of a Traveler in Japan. Japan is a country haunted by many ghosts, and as our fearless traveler goes from town to town, there is a ghost in every place, each with its own story to tell.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is A Flowering Tree And Other Oral Tales from India by A. K. Ramanujan. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Ramanujan was one of the greatest literary scholars of 20th-century India:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The chariot will not move upon a single wheel (a proverb from India). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is from an ancient Indian collection of stories and proverbs called the Hitopadesha.

Video: The video for today is How to build a fictional world by Kate Messner. Find out more at Kate Messner's website.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat wants to improve her performance: Feedback is helpful: don't fear it. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a Fiber Arts Workshop in the Library at 1PM today (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 3: Hinamatsuri. Today is the Hinamatsuri holiday in Japan, the "Doll Festival," which brings good luck for young girls. You can read more about the holiday in this Wikipedia article. This image shows a Hinamatsuri doll displayed at the festival in 2005 in the city of Kounos, near Tokyo:

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